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"jimmy fallon" coming up right [ cheers and applause ] this morning on "early today," moment of truth. will bp's new containment cap stop the flow of oil into the gulf? back in the spot light former cue lan leader fidel castro makes a rare television appearance. and eight is enough. germany's famous octopus or kel is honored for his perfect world cup record. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz.
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today we begin with making it stop. bp has swapped out its old cap for a newer one in the hopes of stopping o underwater geyser. however it could take neff from six hours to two days before we know how well the new cap works. nbc's kristen dahlgren joins us live from venice, louisiana. good morning to you, kristen. >> reporter: good morning to you, veronica. this cap finally went into place yesterday evening and bp is about to start tests to find out whether or not this is going to work. on the floor of the gulf this morning, oil still flowed, but this time only seemed to be pouring through vents in the new capping stack. an 18-foot-high 150-000-pound structure now sitting atop the leaky pipe. those vents will be closed one by one later today as engineers monitor the pressure in the well. >> in essence they want to confirm that there's only one
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leak and that is coming up through the pipe, that no oil is escaping from other spots in a damaged well. >> reporter: in a conference call, bp explained what it's looking for. >> if we see high pressures, it's a good sign. it actually means that the flow in the oil is fully contained in the existing well. if we see low pressures, then that would indicate that potentially oil is escaping out of the casing at some point. >> reporter: engineers will also be watching for hydrates, the ice-like crystals that clogged preevsz containment systems. >> we've anticipated that in the design but until we've successfully completed it, that risk still sits there r but there is also hope that the cap could soon be holding back all of the oil or pumping it all to ships on the surface. and today's tests will also help to determine with how to proceed with plugging up the leak from the bottom with relief wells which remain the one permanent
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solution. now, those tests could take another 48 hours or so, and as work continues here, the obama administration has issue add new moratorium on deepwater drilling, hoping the new words hag more success than the version already struck down by the courts veronica. >> thank you so much. well, president obama is on the verge of a major political triumph after two republican senators announced they will support a sweeping bill to overhaul financial regulations. yesterday maine's olympia snowe and massachusetts's scott brown committed to voting for the measure despite previous doubts. awe bull assure s passage of th landmark session. harry reid expects to hold a file vote on the bill. after years out of the spot light former cuban leader fidel castro has made a sudden return. the 83-year-old was on a cuban talk show, one of his first
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appearances since undergoing intestinal surgery four years ago. appearing relax and lucid he reported on everything from the global war to energy-efficient light bulbs. seven of prisoners that were promised to be freed were sent to, aisle in spain. the group has been locked up since a 2003 government crackdown. and now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. a virginia man was placed into police custody after saying he had explosives equipped to his back. no one was hurt and authorities say the suspicious package was not a bomb. it is still unclear whether the suspect intended to rob the bank. florida officials are monitoring a giant sinkhole that continues to grow. it's about 20 feet wide and ten feet deep and has already forced
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the evacuation of 11 families from a nooearby family. also in florida they were saving manatees that were looking for love in all the wrong places. they we apparently following a female when they got stuck in ha shallow canal. it took a lot of patience but eventually the herd was led to deeper waters. >> and nudists in california are waiting to see if they along with hundreds of others from across the country set a simultaneous skinny dipping world record. swimmers young and old came together recently wearing very little else except for sun is screen and a smile. the hope is more than 13,000 participants took part in the collective swim and that would be enough to break last year's record. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist domenica davis. i don't have much else to say
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about that story. >> i don't think anyone would want to see me participate in it anyhow. we would be safe there. temperatures for this morning are starting out on the warm side and the muggy conditions are back for much of the east coast. we had a little bit of a break, but it's going to ring true. it's not the heat. it's going to be the humidity for this week. and also the thunderstorms are going to be a big player in this forecast for the next couple of days. we have several fronts that are moving off to the east, and with these are clusters of thunderstorms that are going to be barreling to the east as well. and with those we do have the potential for some severe weather, especially down through the tennessee valley and parts of the carolinas. and then up here, a little bit more of a higher risk is what we're looking at through parts of the northern plains where tornadoes could be the case as we head into later this afternoon and especially this evening. so definitely have to keep an eye to the sky up to the north.
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that's a look at your national forecast. now let's get a check of your local. in new york, 82 degrees with afternoon thunderstorms. orlando, dry, 94 degrees. columbus, ohio, 84 with a few clouds around and nothing but sunshine. and kansas city with a high of 88 degrees. that's a check of your tuesday forecast. veronica? >> all right, domenica. thank you so much. earnings kick off, the iphone not wrerecommend and will hugh hefner lose his empire. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, another recording from mel gibson, this time with a threat to kill his girlfriend. more fall out, spain celebrates a big victory and a big night for big poppy. you're watching "early today."
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good morning to you and
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welcome back to "early today." i'm veronica dell la cruz. here are some of your top headlines this morning. they've called off talks about the deadly sinking of a south korean ship. an hour before the meeting north korea asked for a delay for, quote, administrative reasons. south korea, the u.s., and other nations accuse north crey of torpedoing the ship killing 46 sailors. pyongyang denies the charge. roman polanski is a free man after switzerland asked for his extradition in a child sex case. soon after he left his swiss chalet where he had been under house arrest since december. swiss authorities say u.s. authorities didn't provide confidential plans. he still remains wanted in the united states. several u.s. senators are questioning whether there's a connection between the release of the lockerbie bomber and bp's oil deals with libya.
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they spoke out after reports of personal interests were behind the freeg of the man. last month they said they would begin drilling off libya's coast. he was sentenced to prison in 1988 after the pan am crash that killed 270 people bus was released after a terminal cancer diagnosis. a year and a half later, he's still alive. an archaeology in jerusalem have uncovered the oldest ever sample ofwrighting found in the holy city. the artifact dates back 3,400 years to the 14th century b.c. and now here's an early look at how wall street will start the day. the dow opens at 10,216 after adding 18 points yesterday. the s&p gained a fraction. the nasdaq inched up a point. and taking a look at overseas trading this morning in tokyo the nikkei dippeded 10 points while in hong kong the hang seng
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lost 36. investors is have been anxiously awaiting earnings for a week on where the economy is headed and now that wait is over. after the bell aluminum producer alcoa kicked off the reports with a bang and upping its annual outlook. shares of the industrial bellwether shot up 3%. however asian stocks are mostly lower this morning as china vows to rein in its market over up street earnings news. back home corporate deal making yesterday. johnson and johnson is acquiring micrus. and avon products is expanding its jewelry business with a $650 million purchase of silpada designs. meanwhile shares of playboy enterprises shot up as much as
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42% after hugh hefner offered to buy up shares he didn't own. another said he would counter his offer which would dramatically undervalue playboy. csx very sent revenue 22% higher. elsewhere down at infosys. yesterday fed chief ben bernanke said it is crucial to our economic recovery. consumer reports slammed iphone depriving the iphone of its highly regarded recommended rating. finally, if you had to sum up the world cup in one word, what would it be? well, according to a group of 320 linguists from around the world it's vuvuzela. vuvuzela a. it's the name of those annoying south after friday can horns. personally i think it might have
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been paul, as in paul the octopus. well, lebron's former owner won't take it back but he's going to pay for what he said. earlier fans are calling for his release. not this morning. your early morning report is straight ahead. thunderstorms across much of the country. your tuesday forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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well, good morning to you. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. a cup of months ago the red sox david ortiz would have been lucky just to get a double. now after getting his season back on track he's the home run champ. chris young got the derby start order grinded things to a start dpengd on how you look at it. hit wasn't home run. nice job, chris. thanks for playing. corey hart led everyone. unfortunately he didn't have enough heart go on. didn't hit a single home run for the rest of the day. the red sox slugger saved his best for last. belted 11 in the final run, 32.
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hanley gave it his best shot but came up short. ortiz has become the first red sox to win the home run derby. jiminez will take the mound for the national league. who says the off season is boring. on the heels of jesse jackson saying dan gilbert trieded lebron like a run away slave he posted. they probably would have fined jackson too if they could have. spain's soccer team receive add hero's welcome as they returned home. they celebrated the country's first world cup title after beating the nectar land and the spanish weren't the only ones to receive a hockey. paul was a perfect eight for eight and he's going out on top. he's retiring from the prediction game and going back to his day job, lounging around
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a german aquarium. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. which actor is being muscled for money by a woman who claims she had an affair with him when she was 17. >> your early morning entertainment headlines straight ahead. plus, no, this gentleman is not just watching. he's over 100 years old, and he is playing. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today," i'm meteorologist domenica davis. the tuesday forecast is looking pretty stormy, especially along the east coast. we even have a chance we could see severe weather to parts of the south down into parts of the carolinas that will stretch back into the ohio valley. that's due to an old front that's sort of weakening out but it still has a little punch to it. otherwise scattered showers and thunderstorms up and down the east coast and another area of rain that will be sitting back through the northern plains could also make for some severe weather as well. so now if you're watching us on wxia, 11 alive in atlanta, meet this newest additions to the zoo atlanta, zander and zaba, two adorable sun bear whose are sure to steal the spot light at trader's alley exhibit. that's your "early today" event of the day, veronica. as if he's not in enough trouble, radaronline has
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released another audiotape of mel gibson raging at his ex-lover. in it he tells the mother of his 8 mold child that, quote, she deserved it when he hit her and broke her teeth. in a rambling tirade he talks about hitting her in the head with a but and threatens to put her in a rose garden. meanwhile fwibson has one defender sort of on "the view," referring to him having used the "n" word. whoopi goldberg says he can be a bonehead but he's not a racist. goldberg said drunks say stupid things to people out of time. a woman conspiring to bilk john stay mohs 00 dresset of thousands of dollars out of him claims she had an affair with him when she was 17. finally let's oenld a happy note, shall we. guitar vert oh sew carlos santana proposed to his
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girlfriend onstage last week and she said yes. this comes to us from wndu, center 16 in south bend, illinois where in nearby center michigan one man proved it's never too late to pick up a favorite pastime. shelton is 7 years old and he still loves to hit the round of links for a round of golf. he likes to share it with his 10-year-old great, great grandson. very nice. though he doesn't keep score anymore he's going to be the first to remind you he eagled a hole back in 1997. absolutely amazing. 107 years old, domenica. >> that is really amazing. >> seriously. >> such a sweet story. >> i know. can you imagine? 107? the guy is -- he's up. he's up and at em. >> yep. >> i'm veronica de la cruz. this is "early today." thank you for joining us, your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. thanks for watching.
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4:27 is the time. 72 degrees right now and humid this morning it was a stormy evening on this 13th day of july, 2010. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. this morning, metro is making plans to tighten up security at its bus facilities. this comes days after a 19-year-old wearing a metro uniform walked on a metro bus lot and started a bus and drove off. derrick ward explains.
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>> reporter: ids clearly displayed after a 19-year-old with a love for buses took it too far. william jackson wore a uniform and drove off in a bus and even picked up unsuspecting passengers. >> this is not an amusing situation. this is a very serious situation. >> reporter: jim graham has concerns that all of the problems this could have caused aren't being considered. >> if we had looked closely at him, he never would have been permitted to enter on leave the garage. >> reporter: a six-week old wouldn't have had the frightening ride they had when they hit the corner. >> he crashed and the windshield splatters and my bafl

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